This was my first time at Kulttuuribingo. It's a tiny venue, and felt nicely crowded even with the 30-40 people in the audience. For bands that'll attract a smaller audience, such as these three, the venue is perfect. The gigs felt honest, even intimate. This was the last gig on the four-day tour of Noituus and Ekaria.

Temppeliherrat ("Templars") was the evening's opening band. I hadn't heard a lot about the young band prior to arriving at the venue; basically I only knew that this was their first gig. The quinted got on the floor-level stage with their heads covered with executioner's hoods, and the musicians wearing oldschool metal bands' shirts. When they took their places, the vocalist arrived wearing a similar hood and a white "cloak," holding a dagger and a large chalice of wine.

Seeing the band's entrance I got a bit excited, and luckily not without reason. They delivered their mixture of oldschool (black) metal, crust and d-beat intensively, and the vocalist's performance, short introductory speeches and theatrical antics lifted the music to a more original and intriguing spheres. There was a brief pause due to guitar problems, but even after that I couldn't have guessed this was the band's first gig. Fittingly vividly performed (and not perfectly played) blackened and crusty oldschool metal with the set's last song giving a nod towards Motörhead. I can't complain. I'd surely go see them live again, and I would've bought a record from them if they had yet released anything.

I didn't know much more about Ekaria than I did of Temppeliherrat; they recently released a demo-CD-R, and that's about it. Their set opened with a slow, heavy and surprisingly metallic song that lasted for a couple of minutes, but their following songs were less surprising; d-beating crust with a dose of hardcore punk. Their sound was so bassy that I had trouble making out the guitar riffs, which surely ate away a lot of the songs' charm and punch. They were decent, but not impressing, and it seemed to take the band until the fifth or sixth song to get their gig fully going. I'm fairly certain they can do better.

I guess this was my fifth or sixth time seeing the bass-drums-vocals-trio Noituus, so I knew what to expect; a fast d-beating maelstrom of lo-fi crust and noisecore. The band had a good drive, and the loud and harsh bass guitar-sound filled up the space together with the fast drum-beating. Veikki's vocals were as sharp and harsh as ever, and even the trio's frequent drinking-pauses between the (under a) minute long songs didn't become a bother. Noituus sounds the best when served with some uncertainty and chaos, and they were the evening's only band with an active pit.

It seems I wasn't the only one there to enjoy the band play, as they even made an encore after the audience kept cheering them. Noituus is something to experience live, but if you don't have that chance, you should get their new 7"-EP.

Photos of Temppeliherrat: Caine Corax